Best Sushi in St. Louis
Sure, you’re thinking sushi in St. Louis – the Midwest? Yes, St. Louis actually has a few decent sushi places. How would I know? Well, I’ve eaten sushi all over the world and I have a knack for taste and ambiance. I like both Nigirizushi (Nigiri for short; typically a piece of fish on top of rice) and Makizushi (Maki for short, also known as a roll). I also like hand rolls (cones), also known as Temaki. My favorite type of sushi is probably maki, followed by temaki, than nigiri. The sushi is great at all of these places listed in this article. The thing that makes them all different is the vibe.
There are now several of these restaurants around, but my favorite, and the original, is located on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. This is my favorite sushi place in St. Louis. Wasabi has the best Maki selection of anywhere I’ve tried in St. Louis. I like creativity and Wasabi has some unique and creative rolls (maki), such as the following:
- Rasta: smoked salmon, mango, avocado, jalapeño
- DFG: spicy tuna, seared white tuna, cucumber, ponzu
The atmosphere in Wasabi is decent, but not as cool as some of the other places. I like the sushi best here though.
There are three Drunken Fish restaurants in St. Louis. One is located in the Westport area, one in Laclede's landing, and one is in the Central West End (CWE). I’ve only been to the one in the CWE. Drunken Fish in the CWE has both good sushi and a good vibe. The downstairs area is a restaurant, but upstairs has a bar / lounge. The upstairs area is a pretty good scene on the weekends. The sushi is not quite as good here as it is at Wasabi, but it is pretty close to being as good. It’s almost a toss-up…Wasabi has more creative maki though.
Miso is located in Clayton and has one of the best vibes of all the sushi restaurants. The upstairs area is pretty tame and merely for eating, but the downstairs area is great. The ambiance is incredible. Some nights, they even have a techo DJ spinning! The food here is pretty good, but probably not as good as Wasabi or Drunken Fish. The ambiance at Miso is much better though. If you’re single and looking to mingle, head to Miso!
This place isn’t a sushi restaurant – it’s a way cool vodka bar, but they do serve sushi until midnight! Subzero is right across the street from Drunken Fish in the Central West End, so, if you want to maximize your experience, you could hit Drunken Fish for sushi and Subzero for drinks afterwards! Subzero has a great ambiance and the sushi is great too. The sushi menu selection is smaller than the other places I mentioned, but the main theme of Subzero is vodka. Subzero also plays great trance and techno in the background. If you like vodka and sushi, check this place out. The other cool thing is they have the sushi until midnight – the other places I mentioned close earlier. So, if you’re a late night sushi eater, check out Subzero.
- If you’re mainly interested in the best sushi and don’t care about the vibe, go to Wasabi.
- If you’re main concern is the vibe or you’re looking for a fun night out, go to Miso.
- If you want a balance of great food and a fun time, go to Drunken Fish – you can eat sushi at the restaurant and hit the bar upstairs when you’re done eating!
- If you like to eat late or enjoy vodka, hit Subzero.